Always the groundbreaker, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, the head coach of the NBDL Frisco franchise, will ring the traditional opening bell Tuesday to tip off the day at the New York Stock Exchange.
Lieberman, the first female coach of an NBA/NBDL team is in New York to accept the Bill Walsh Champion of Change Award for her philanthropic and athletic achievements. The Bill Walsh Champion of Change Award is presented by former NFL player Ronnie Lott, founder of All-Stars Helping Kids.
“This will be a very special day for us as we honor one of the great pioneers in leadership both on and off the court in Nancy Lieberman,” Lott said in a statement. “The spirit of this award and the man it is named after, Bill Walsh, is all about honesty, fair play, innovation, duty to community, and hard work, and those attributes are what make Nancy Lieberman the champion and leader she is today. We are excited to have her join our very select group of recipients.”
As part of receiving the award, Lieberman will have the unique honor of launching the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday morning.
“I am truly honored to be receiving the Bill Walsh Champion of Change Award,” Lieberman said. “It is our responsibility to aid and support today’s children in every manner possible, and the opportunity to ‘ring the bell’ is obviously a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether we realize it or not the stock market is a big part of all of our lives, and as I follow the business world closely I am privileged to open the market on this special day.”
The Frisco franchise is owned by Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.